LAVINGTON'S Nick Meredith and Yarrawonga's Mark Whiley have been named in the AFL Victoria Country squad despite missing the Ovens and Murray's representative match against Mornington-Peninsula Nepean.
Coach Danny Frawley called up Meredith and Whiley after they missed the tussle due to suspension and injury.
Wangaratta Rovers defender Nathan Cooper, Panther trio Marty Brennan, Shaun Mannagh and Tim Hanna, Albury's Elliott Powell, Wangaratta's Ben Speight and Wodonga Raiders captain Brad St John were also selected in the 58-man squad.
Former Ovens and Murray players Kayne Pettifer and Mick Mattingly (Kyabram) were named.
Meredith and Whiley have hit top form at club level and shape as a big part of Frawley's plans to win the Brian Moloney Cup.
"It was a bit of a surprise because I didn't think I'd be eligible after missing the Ovens and Murray game," Meredith said.
"I enjoyed playing last year so we'll see what happens."
Meredith, Dylan Van Berlo, Brandon Symes and Harry Wheeler represented AFL Victoria Country last season.
AFL Victoria Country take on VAFA at IKON Park on July 13.
Four training sessions will be held in the lead-up to the representative clash, with the final squad to be trimmed to 22 players.
Ten country football leagues are represented in the squad with Geelong (14), Goulburn Valley (10) and the Ovens and Murray (nine) having the most selections.